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Events @ The Washburn

Event news c/o the Washburn Committee...


Please see our Washburn Calendar for release dates.

Preparing for your visit:

Dates of upcoming releases can be in the downloads section (below).  Either download the calendar or request a copy via [email protected]

For the latest updates you can call the Washburn Information Line on 0845 833 8654 or tweet us: @WashburnPaddling.

Although we expect all events to take place, there is always the possibility of cancellation (too little or too much water) beyond our control. Confirmation will be obtained at least 14 days before discipline events, 10 days before weekend cruises and 7 days before weekday events. 

All participants should ensure that the event is on by contacting the Washburn Information Line (0845 833 8654) before travelling.


Yorkshire Water are keen that we start collecting user data. Clubs attending are asked where possible to pre-register for this event giving club name and estimated numbers of paddlers. Please do via this Google form or by emailing:  [email protected]

Join the text information service: 

Many of you will know that we have a database of club and individual mobile phone numbers which were originally envisaged for use in an emergency via a text out system. This showed its worth on three such occasions of last minute calculations and after some consultation we have decided for the time being at least to extend the system to alert you to Washburn events. 

Subscribe to this please - again using the above address (we will filter out any duplicates).


Everyone attending Washburn Cruises is required to be covered by 3rd Party Liability Insurance c/o British Canoeing. This can be achieved any of three ways:

  • As Individual Members of British Canoeing / Canoe Wales / the Scottish Canoe Association or the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland;
  • As Members of a British Canoeing Affiliated Club which is formally attending the event;
  • Through payment of a £5.00 Surcharge

Unless otherwise advised, the charges are then £10 (adults) / £6 (under 18s).

Event Safety:  

We want everyone to have a fun and safe day when the paddle or visit the Washburn. The Washburn is not suitable for novice paddlers and all users should ensure they are familiar with the risks asociated with the activity - see Event Safety Information.  

An important part of this and our work with Yorkshire Water is that all paddlers are required to sign in before paddling and sign out after paddling (if you are getting off the river at the Woodyard, please sign off before leaving the top car park with the approximate time you will be getting of the river).

Additional Information:  

If you are coming to the Washburn you may also be interested in the following information on the local area: